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Information security can be a tricky subject with a lot of gray area. Many people misunderstand the components of cybersecurity, but understanding is the first step in establishing proper defense. Below are three commonly misinterpreted information security terms and their actual definitions.
While most people assume cyberthreats only come in the form of viruses and malware, and this is a dangerous misconception. A cyberthreat is anything that represent a vulnerability in or a risk to the data you intend to protect. While this term does include viruses and malware, it also represents hackers, security system weaknesses and insider threats.
“Black hat hackers, social engineers and internet scam artists are all considered bad actors.”
2. Bad actor
This term does not mean an individual who gives a poor performance on screen or stage. Instead, bad actor refers to someone who attempts to infiltrate systems and data banks with malicious intent. Black hat hackers, social engineers and Internet scam artists fall under this category.
3. Deep web
Commonly mistaken for the dark web, the deep web is far less nefarious. While the dark web is often full of questionable transactions, the deep web is more like a giant cloud database for protected information. Since the average Internet user is not likely to access the deep web, researchers often store their data and findings there.
Hopefully, this article has made cybersecurity a little less confusing and made a few of the terms clearer. A deeper understanding of information security may assist you in establishing stronger cyberdefenses.
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